Iran: President's press adviser sentenced

November 20, 2011 - 9:35 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's news agency says the president's press adviser has been sentenced to a year in prison. The charge: "publishing materials contrary to Islamic norms."

Ali Akbar Javanfekr is just the latest of dozens of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's political backers to be targeted by hard-line opponents. This appears to be part of an internal power struggle over influencing upcoming elections for parliament and for president in 2013.

Javanfekr wrote in an official publication that the practice of women wearing a head-to-toe black covering known as a chador was not originally an Iranian practice but was imported. This was considered offensive by hard-line Iranian clerics.

Javanfekr was also banned from journalism activities for three years. He has 20 days to appeal the sentence.